What do Lipstick & Brunch have to do with each other? According to Nicole Kestenbaum, beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger, everything! And, with the bright colors and amazing photography she displays on her blog, she is right. Growing up in Honduras, Nicole Kestenbaum made Houston her home about seven years ago, but she hasn’t forgotten her roots or the vivid colors of her country.
Living & Dreaming in Color
Nicole Kestenbaum remembers her mom always wearing dazzling colors, and she even recalls being embarrassed by it. Today Nicole looks back and can now appreciate the joy and happiness her mom gave not only to herself but other people with her colorful outfits. Now, Nicole is inspired by the color choices her mother made and she confesses these days she only wears color.
I don’t even think I have anything black in my closet.
Lipstick & Brunch
What do Lipstick and Brunch have in common? For Nicole, everything. When Nicole moved to Texas, she discovered brunch. Being homesick and feeling a little lonely and also being a stranger in a new city, she would often go to events alone. She found herself making new friends by the lipstick that she wore. So brunch and lipstick were the things that made her happy in her new home away from home.
I had no idea what this brunch culture was all about, but I loved it. People would walk up to me and say, I love your lipstick what are you wearing.
Before starting Lipstick & Brunch Nicole had many jobs related to what she loves to do. She has worked at a local magazine as a photographer and contributor, as a studio manager at an advertising and lifestyle photo studio and as an account executive at a PR agency.
And, with a background in photography and journalism, blogging was a natural fit for her to show her passion and creativity. Although, it was when she started to plan her wedding that the idea for a blog came to her. She had gathered so much information on beauty and had been exposed to so many different products that she realized she needed an outlet to write about it.
I feel I have been in this type of job all my life. I think it just evolved from print magazines to a blog on the internet.
At first, Lipstick & Brunch was a hobby for Nicole, and she focused on Beauty and Lifestyle. As Nicole started giving value to her influence and the quality of work she did blogging became a career which she has translated into collaborations with major brands and was even being named one of the best Beauty and Lifestyle bloggers in Texas.
When brands started to reach out to me to create content for them and be an influencer, that’s when I knew needed more time to create my posts and videos and decided to take the leap of faith and do what I love as a job.
Fashion as a Passion
Nicole has always loved fashion, and she quickly realized people were more engaged on Lipstick & Brunch when she talked about what she was wearing and how she styled her outfits. She feels that fashion is one of the most influential blog topics for women today, and Nicole’s goal is to show people affordable ways to look good. She loves to shop at Target, thrift stores and online and is showing women that no matter what your body type, you can look and feel good.
I have been told many times what I can and cannot wear; because of my size and I just don’t think that’s right!
Nicole’s favorite part of sharing her story through fashion is inspiring other women to have fun and be bold in their clothing choices no matter what size or body shape you are. Lipstick & Brunch is filling a void of the petite, curvy girl that is missing on Social Media and many fashion blogs.
I love it when someone comes up to me and tells me they could never pull that off, and I tell them “Yes, you can.” You can’t think about it; you just have to do it! Besides, we’re women, and life’s too short not to have fun with our look.
It’s apparent that when you take one look at Lipstick & Brunch, you can see the passion Nicole has for what she does. Her pictures are chock full of bold colors, which matches her personal style to a tee. She lives by the motto,
If I like it, I wear it! When I wear color, it translates how I feel. I can’t help it I have to wear color. Wearing colors makes me memorable, and I stand out in a crowd, color makes me happy.
Nicole’s Favorite Brunch Spots?
Some of Nicole’s favorite brunch spots are Churrascos for it’s exquisite Latin fare, La Mexicana for an authentic Mexican brunch, and at home with her hubby.
We both love to cook, and he makes the best arepas, and I pride on making the fillings and best iced coffee. Oh, and of course, blogger brunches are the best and most frequent ones I attend!
Lipstick & Brunch is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog that Just Vibes Houston and if you are looking for the latest in color, photography and brunch, we highly suggest you go and visit her!